Grief Assistance

Unfortunately, grief can be a part of the hospital experience, especially in circumstances of death and serious injury or illness. Mott offers a variety of resources and services to assist grieving patients, families and friends.

Our trained staff of compassionate and competent social workers provides support, bereavement counseling and resources to families who are coping with end of life issues. Social workers are skilled at offering information and resources for assistance with funeral planning as well as the financial concerns that often accompany these difficult decisions.

Office of Decedent Affairs

Families and friends continue to need help in the healing process after their loved one has died. The Office of Decedent Affairs provides support and continuity. There are a number of brochures/booklets that can assist you such as:

  • When a Loved One Dies at Home
  • Where Do I Begin After a Loved One Dies?
  • Funeral Planning
  • Memorial Funds
  • How Do I Get Copies of the Death Certificate
  • About Autopsy
  • What Will the Future Be Like For Me
  • Dealing With Your Grief
  • Getting Through the Holidays
  • How Can I Help Young Surviving Children
  • Dos and Don’ts For Friends and Families

Bereavement Support Groups/Events

A Walk to Remember is an opportunity for families of our newborn intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care units, birth center and fertility clinic who have experienced the loss of an infant or pregnancy to plant a tree in Nichols Arboretum in memory of their child. The event is also open to the public, especially to those community members who have experienced a pregnancy or newborn loss. The event typically takes place in October. The University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum co-sponsors the event. For more information, contact 734-232-4919.

The Mott Children’s Memorial Service is an annual remembrance ceremony for families who have experienced the death of a child either during or following hospitalization. The event typically takes place in April.  For more information, call 734-936-4041 or e-mail umhs-chaplain@med.umich.edu.

Both these events give families the opportunity to gather together to find support and comfort in their shared experiences.

In addition, spiritual support and counseling is offered through the Department of Spiritual Care.